Patiala: Amidst the celebration of our Indian players creating history at Rio Olympics, an unfortunate incident of a player committing suicide has come up. Being denied free hostel facility by the college, a national-level handball player committed suicide in Punjab on Saturday, August 20.
A second-year BA student, Pooja Kumari was found hanging in her room. The 20-year-old wrote a suicide note addressing Prime Minister Narendra Modi wherein she mentioned that the reason for ending her life is her helpless state in paying hostel fees and travelling expenses. She mentioned in the letter that she is poor and thus cannot afford these expenses. She also urged the PM to ensure free education to underprivileged girls like her.
Pooja got admission in the Khalsa College last year with free hostel facility but this year she was denied the permission for the same. College management says that the facility was revoked due to her poor performance in academics.
Belonging to a sober family, it was tough for Pooja’s father to bear travelling expenses amounting to around Rs 3720 per month. It is also reported that due to this Pooja was also thinking of dropping out of college.
In her suicide note, Pooja has also held her coach responsible for her death and has written that it was him who denied her room in the hostel.
A case of abetment to suicide has been filed by Pooja’s father against her coach.
National-level handball player’s father alleged that she committed suicide after Prof. Gill didn’t provide her hostel. Probe underway: SHO
— ANI (@ANI_news) August 21, 2016